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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2002-02-17
 By Robert  Price. The Fellowship of the Ring. White may win by carrying a 'ring' to the other side of the board. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
dragmio wrote on 2008-11-23 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
A great example of a simple yet very playable and enjoyable variant, not to
mention it's very true to its subject, a great achievement by itself. In
short, I love it! :)
And it also inspired me to try and make up my own for another fantasy
series. ;)

Charles Gilman wrote on 2003-12-07 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
One 4-player layout with less variance than most in distance covered by
'diverted' Pawns would be my Simple Fivequarters one
(http://www.chessvariants.com/multiplayer.dir/fivequarters.html). Moving
towards Mordor would of course take Pawns off their 'normal' course on
any 4-player board but that need not matter as they could lose the ring
only by being captured or winning the game, and so would never revert to
being ordinary Pawns in the wrong place.

Charles Gilman wrote on 2003-05-05 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Another use for this ring could be to create some good three-player games. Take any game for four players, have one player move two opposite armies as White(Gondor and the North), and the other two players one army each as Black (Isengard and Mordor). This would balance the odds even better, as the player whose pieces are hampered by carrying the Ring would have twice the material, though at the price of a more awkward route to destroy the Ring. All this would also match the original story really well.

Tomas Forsman wrote on 2002-05-08 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Just as I loved the smaller version I fell in love with the bigger one.
I have just watched the white side crush the black side again. I'm using a
slightly slower computer then you (450 Mhz) wich might indicate that the
black has some advantage but has to think things through more.
Anyways, I love this game very much and I am very greatful that you
invented it.
I enjoy variants that doesn't change to much on the original rules. Just
enough to make it interesting.
Simple changes are often more enginous, this one certenly were.

With regards

Tomas Forsman

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